With 2020 drawing to a close, we thought we’d take a look at three players who shone in 2020. A football year that was like no other for many reasons. The Premiership season ended in March, the Scottish Cup was completed in November, and Scotland qualified for a major tournament. It was certainly a year to remember, and here are three players who brightened up a difficult year.

David Marshall

If there was to be a NTOF player of the year, it would probably have to be David Marshall. The veteran goalkeeper hasn’t had the best of seasons at struggling Derby, but all that was forgotten about on the night of the 12th of November.

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David Marshall is a national hero for his save against Serbia (Photo by Nikola Krstic/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Marshall’s save from Aleksandar Mitrovic’s penalty ended Scotland’s long wait to qualify for an international tournament. The celebrations after the game will be remembered for years to come, as Scotland finally ended the long wait for qualification. Marshall will maybe want to move on from that moment of glory, but it will never be forgotten about by every Scotland fan.

Declan Gallagher

Another of Scotland’s heroes from the shoot-out win over Serbia. The 29-year-old Motherwell centre-back was perhaps a surprise choice when he was first called up by Steve Clarke. However, he has not put a foot wrong since being called up.


Declan Gallagher is congratulated by Steve Clarke (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Gallagher was a rock during the play-off semi-final win over Israel, and the match against Serbia. It goes to show that a player can can make it for the national team even if they don’t get until the later stages of their career. You have to imagine that Gallagher will be in the Scotland squad for the European Championships, he has certainly earned that accolade.

Kevin Nisbet

The Hibernian striker might not have been selected for Scotland yet, but he soon might be. Nisbet deserves credit for making the step-up from the Championship to the Premiership look effortless. Jack Ross might have gambled when he signed the player from Dunfermline. But it has paid off, as Nisbet is in double figures for the season.

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Hibernian’s Kevin Nisbet celebrates scoring a goal (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The 23-year-old is set to be a key man in the second-half of the season for the Easter Road side. He will no doubt lead the line for the Easter Road side in the Betfred Cup semi-final. Should his form impress then Hibernian will have a great chance of finishing third in the Scottish Premiership. Who knows, they could even challenge for second place should Nisbet keep finding the back of the net.

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